Peacock's upcoming Battlestar Galactica reboot series executive producer Sam Esmail teases an experimental release strategy. The Mr. Robot producer also revealed that Ronald D. Moore, showrunner on SyFy's Battlestar Galactica reboot, gave him his blessing. Fans of the sci-fi franchise have been waiting for updates on the Peacock series, along with the movie, which is currently in development with Simon Kinberg on board to produce.
Mike Lesslie will serve as the showrunner and writer for the Battlestar Galactica reboot pilot episode, according to Sam Esmail. Lesslie and Esmail have been debating what kind of release strategy they want the Peacock series to have, which could get into uncharted territory. Esmail had this to say about how they might release the reboot series when the time comes.
"For me it was like let's get in there and tell the right story and it will tell us how many episodes. We may dump three episodes in a row because it's a three-episode-long battle sequence that needs to be dropped in a row even though they're three signifying chapters, and maybe each chapter is switching a point of view within that battle sequence. There may be a 20-minute episode that's the backstory of one of the characters that gets dropped right after that."
Sam Esmail went on to say the Battlestar Galactica reboot series will be like a "spider web where we can plot and point and say, 'Well this isn't chronologically after Episode 1 or Episode 2, it's the backstory of someone, but let's release that so audiences can check that out if they want or they can just jump into the battle sequence.'" Esmail believes that the franchise mythology lends itself for a different take on traditional episodic television and that the fans will be along for the ride.
As for Peacock's Battlestar Galactica reboot current series status, it is still in the early stages of development. Sam Esmail wants to ensure that he and his crew make the possible series for longtime fans of the franchise. Additionally, the producer wants to make sure that those who have come before him are okay with the upcoming reboot and what he is trying to do with it. Esmail explains.
"We're still working on the pilot. Look, it's a big universe, it's a big world, I want to respect the Ronald Moore Battlestar. I spoke to him before I even took on the project to make sure that it's all kosher with him, because the last thing I want to do is step on his toes, and the one thing we both agreed on is that it won't be a reboot of what he did. Which I think we both wanted."
Mike Lesslie's treatment for the Battlestar Galactica reboot pilot has yet to be revealed. "I think we've got the basic construction of the type of story we want to tell," says Sam Esmail. He then went on to praise the work that Ronald D. Moore did with the franchise, noting that it has a very rich mythology. "I have to give Ron a lot of credit for that - and so now we're sort of closing in on what that pilot's gonna look like." Esmail also stated that Peacock is more than willing to experiment with him when it comes to the way the upcoming show is released. The interview with Sam Esmail was originally conducted by Collider.